• The Airbus Defence and Space Awards ceremony took place yesterday in Paris before an audience of more than 250 guests
• The Airbus Defence and Space Awards honoured the most remarkable or most promising initiatives for the European space industry in six categories
• For the first time, the Airbus Defence and Space Awards jury was comprised of Airbus Defence and Space’s European customers and partners
10 December 2013 – Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, held the Airbus Defence and Space Awards ceremony in Paris on 9 December. Among those attending the event were Jean-Jacques Dordain, the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jean-Yves le Gall, the CEO and Chairman of the French Space Agency (CNES), and Airbus Defence and Space CEO François Auque.
The Airbus Defence and Space Awards honoured, across six categories, the teams and employees who contributed to customer satisfaction and to the operational success of the company in 2013.
For the first time the Airbus Defence and Space Awards jury was made up of Airbus Defence and Space’s customers and partners:
- The jury for The Great Product/Project category, chaired by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, rewarded the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) project. The ATV remains to this day the only fully automated transporter supplying the International Space Station. It has already performed four outstanding missions, with the next one scheduled for mid-2014. Its remarkable reliability and the outstanding regularity of its successes is the result of work carried out by the project teams.
- The jury for The Great Business Development category, chaired by Jean-Yves Le Gall, the CEO and Chairman of the French Space Agency (CNES), rewarded the COMCEPT project. Despite the challenge it posed, COMCEPT has put forward original technical and industrial organisation solutions that have greatly benefited its customer, the French Ministry of Defence.
- The jury for The Great Improver category, chaired by Laurent Collet-Billon, the Managing Director of the French armament procurement agency (DGA), rewarded the Supply of Waveguide project, which has brought about a 30-percent reduction in key supply cycle times and subsequent improvements in the lead times for implementing telecommunications programmes.
- The jury for The Great Craftsman category, chaired by Elisa Robles Fraga, the Director General of the Spanish Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), rewarded Airbus Defence and Space’s propulsion testing team in the UK, which, during the course of 2013, has delivered six ready-to-launch satellites and nine propulsion systems, all on time and on budget.
- The jury for The Great Inventor category, chaired by Johann-Dietrich Wörner, the Chairman of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), rewarded Miguel Angel Plaza Baonza for his work on the deployment and separation of high-performance mechanisms. The jury was particularly impressed by the fact that these mechanisms generated very little in the way of release shocks, a major asset for the missions using them, such as Galileo.
- The jury for The Great Innovator category, chaired by David Parker, the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA), rewarded Jason Gilmore for his work on efficient technologies in the use of aluminium, which have proved cheaper than composite technologies to the tune of several hundred millions of euros, underlining the fact that innovation can involve the pioneering use of tried and tested solutions.
Airbus Defence and Space CEO François Auque said: “The Airbus Defence and Space Awards are our way of showcasing one of Airbus Defence and Space’s greatest strengths, namely the tremendous ability of Airbus Defence and Space’s 18,000 employees and their dedication to their customers. These men and women are driven by a desire for excellence, a quality in which the 36 people honoured at this ceremony have managed to surpass themselves.”
The 2013 Airbus Defence and Space Awards, culminating in a ceremony attended by more than 250 people, attracted in excess of 100 applications (grouping together more than 500 employees), with 91 finalists contesting the prizes and 36 people receiving awards.
About Airbus Defence and Space
Together, pioneering excellence
Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the second in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.
In 2012, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.
Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Airbus Defence and Space, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Airbus Defence and Space, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.
Effective from January 1, 2014, Airbus Defence and Space will be integrated into Airbus Defence and Space together with Airbus Military and Cassidian.
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